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in the chapter of Architecture, in the second volume of my Anecdotes of Painting, and that he intended to abuse me in the new edition of Mr. Pope's Works, which he proposed to have printed at Birmingham. As I had not once thought of him in that work, it was not easy to guess at what he was offended. On looking over the chapter, I concluded he had writ some nonsense about the Phenicians, but having read very few of his works, it was impossible for me to know where to find it. As I would not disoblige even a coxcomb unprovoked, and know how silly a literary controversy is, in which the world only laughs at both sides, I desired Dr. Charles Lyttelton, Bishop of Carlisle, to ask him if what I had said of the Phenicians was the rock of offence, and to assure him I had read few of his things, and had had no intention of laughing at him. I name Bishop Lyttelton, because if it had not come from one of his own order, all-arrogant and absurd as Warburton is, one should scarce believe it possible that he could have pushed vanity and folly to such a height as appeared in his answer. He replied, ' The Phenieians! no, no. He alluded to my note in the .edition of Pppe, in which I have spoken of Gothic architecture ; I have exhausted the subject.' I will only remark on this excess of impertinent self-conceit, that if he can exhaust subjects in so few lines, it was very unnecessary for him to write so many thousands. After this, I would as soon have a controversy with a peacock, or with an only daughter that her parents think handsome. The fowl, the miss, and the bishop, are alike incorrigible. The first struts naturally; the second is spoiled; reason itself has been of no use to the last.
1763.  Beginning of September wrote the Dedication and Preface to Lord Herbert's Life.
1764.  May 29th.   Began an answer to a pamphlet against Mr, Conway, called An Address to the Public on the late Dis-